Republican Representative David Nunes (California) was blasted by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday, as a result of the charges aimed towards Nunes, accusing him of altering the memo that was presented to the White House for review and release.
Schumer blamed Nunes for continuously undermining the rule of law with his interference in the Russian investigation for the 2016 elections.
“It’s clear that Chairman Nunes will seemingly stop at nothing to undermine the rule of law and interfere with the Russia probe. He’s been willing to carry the White House’s water, attack our law enforcement and intelligence officials, and now to mislead his House colleagues,” Schumer wrote.
According to The Hill, the Senate’s top Democrat went on to call on Speaker Paul Ryan to challenge Nunes and other Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, who on Monday voted to release a memo detailing purported government surveillance abuses.
“If Speaker Ryan cares about the integrity of the House or the rule of law, he will put an end to this charade once and for all,” Schumer said.
Schumer’s remarks came after a letter from the committee’s ranking Democrat, Representative Adam Schiff, who said that Nunes made extensive changes to the memo between Monday’s vote and the scheduled presentation of the document to White House lawyers.
The Republican-made Memo contains information about abuse of United States surveillance powers by the Justice Department.
“While the Majority’s changes do not correct the profound distortions and inaccuracies in your document, they are nonetheless substantive,” Schiff wrote in his letter addressed to Nunes earlier Wednesday night.
“It is now imperative that the Committee Majority immediately withdraw the document that it sent to the White House.”
The memo was rejected also by the FBI, saying that the document is made to look misleading.
“As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy,” the bureau wrote in a statement.